Giving Thanks (2014)

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This piece is called “Giving Thanks/We Are Still Here” and honors a group of warrior friends who I give thanks to. This will be the first in a series on Indigenous people’s who fight to maintain traditional lands, sacred lands and Indigenous people ways of life on our own terms. I love you guys.

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In 2011 I felt so tired of the Thanksgiving narrative and normalization of a day that celebrates invasion and genocide that I started an intentional practice of celebrating Indigenous resistance and resilience. So every year where ever I am at I take time to remember that despite all of the horrors of colonialism that indigenous peoples are still here. Still living, breathing and loving. I offer these images as a way to fight against erasure, invisibility and the violence of forgetting.